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Training Log Archive: Swampfox

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Saturday Apr 6 #


Woke up this morning, got out of bed, stood up, and whoops--immediately realized my right heel was pretty sore. I was surprised because I didn't have a hint of anything going wrong while running yesterday, or later in the evening just walking around in the house. Pretty sure it's a sore/irritated achilles tendon, and that means paying attention and not making it worse.

Exercise was mostly biking today, which was no problem for the heel, and I skied some, too. I could feel the heel a little when I first started out, but gradually noticed it less and less. That was the trend during the day, too. It was worst when I first got up, and gradually loosened and got better as the day wore on.

Friday Apr 5 #


This afternoon I gathered a few things together, and headed up to Remarkable Flats for an O' run--the first of the year, and hopefully only one of many to come.

Despite several mildish days, there was still a large extent of snow cover, though most of it was thin enough to run through, or else avoidable on the course I was running. There were several stretches of struggling and post-holing, however, which was a good reminder that orienteering requires much effort. At least until the snow melts.

Thursday Apr 4 #


It is always exciting when spring nears. At first, there is a sign here, or there, that spring is emerging. Occasionally more definite signals will flash, such as geese on the golf course or icebergs floating downstream in the river. Guys on the XC team will run shirtless during their afternoon workouts. Well, they do that through all of winter, too, but as spring approaches they look a lot less cold. If you peer carefully enough, you might spot a fly buzzing in the sunlight, if there is sunlight. In an earlier time, you would have spotted students lounging in Prexy's Pasture on the nicer days, but now everyone is far too preoccupied with their phones for such frivolity.

Gradually the signals become more numerous and intensify, only to be quashed when the next winter storm rolls through. But inevitably, spring will at last break through:


Funny enough, it didn't feel spring-like at all. It was overcast nearly all day long, with rain spitting and snowflakes in the air, and chilly wind out of the NW in the valley. Looking around in the valley, snow squalls were visible almost all day long. But up top, even without the sun and even though temps weren't mild, the trails had the aspect of being ready to begin melting away at almost any moment, even as grapple was blanketing every surface. Skiing was slow, and footing for running was difficult.

Still, Vår!

Fittingly, robins were singing from every direction in the forest.


120th ski.

Tuesday Apr 2 #


Overcast all day long with periods of light snow and some drizzle in town. But no wind and temps well above freezing so some biking went over well--for the properly dressed, which I was.

No snow stuck in town, but up top there was about 4" of new snow from what fell during the day and overnight. It wasn't fast, but it wasn't slow either, and it was uniform so skiing was better than I would have guessed.

In all, a relatively feeble effort by winter to maintain control, but it still goes down as a winter day, based on conditions up top. More spring is looming in two days, it would appear.

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